Maestro move: Canadian takes New York

After the three-year battle with cancer, Bernard Labadie has been announced today as principal conductor of the Orchestra of St Lukes from 2018-19, succeeding Pablo Heras-Casado.

Labadie recently stepped down from the head of Les Violons du Roy, which he founded. He has been replaced there by Jonathan Cohen.

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  • Labadie is without doubt a fantastic conductor. I like him very much!
    He seemed to have some serious health issues in recent years though, which unfortunately forced him to cancel concerts that I eagerly intended to attend.

    I hope this new appointment means that he has been fully recovered from his illness. And I wish him all the best for many more years of wonderful music making!

  • Bernard Labadie started his comeback in December 2015. I saw him last Saturday with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (Haydn L’isola disabitata Overture, Beethoven Triple and Mozart Jupiter) and there were no problems. Quick stride to the podium. He has, however, cultivated a new style, conducting seated with both arms active and no baton.

  • It’s also worth pointing out that Jonathan Cohen is a good choice for the succession at Les Violons.

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